Top Basketball Recruit Julius Randle out For Three Months

By Eric Domingo

Julius Randle fans were sad to hear that their Texas star will miss the next three months with a fractured foot.

The 6’8 forward for Prestonwood Christian (Texas) suffered the injury over the weekend at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest. The Duncanville, Texas tournament was an exciting one until highly anticipated Randle went down.

“It’s a minor setback, but Julius is a fighter…We’ve already begun to set up rehabilitation for him and he’s naturally a little down now, but he’ll be back before you know it,” says Carolyn Kyles, Randles mother.

Randle’s ranking has dropped in the last couple months. Earlier this summer, Randle was battling with Jabari Parker for the No. 1 ranked spot in the Class of 2013, but now barely ranks in the top 5.

Although I still rank Randle at the No. 3 spot in the Class of 2013, I believe the emergence of Andrew Wiggins and the Harrison brothers really knocked him down.

Wiggins and the Harrison brothers have been playing great in their AAU games and regular season games, while Randle has been criticized as been playing above average.

He has a highly anticipated matchip scheduled for January 221 against top prospect Aaron Gordon’s Archbishop Mitty (California) team, but Prestonwood will have to go the rest of the regular season without their best player.

Unfortunately, Randle’s injury was one of a couple serious losses to Prestonwood’s team. No. 6 ranked sophomore Mickey Mitchell tore his ACL while playing football and is out for the season.

On a lighter note, Randle did trim his list earlier this fall to a final six schools. Included in his list were: Florida, Texas, North Carolina State, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

He has taken trips to Kentucky, Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma and is expected to also visit Kansas and North Carolina State soon.

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